NBC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 12, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(NYC: Mike Jensen) French artist Vincent Van Gogh's "Irises" reported auctioned to unidentified buyer at Sotheby's in NYC; details given, scenes shown. Painting said sold for nearly $54 million. [Chairperson Sotheby's North American John MARION - comments on Wall Street's lack of impact on art connoisseurs' willingness to buy masterpieces.] Video from Kirk Douglas's portrayal of Van Gogh in "Lust For Life" shown. Joan Whitney Payson's owning the painting noted. [John PAYSON - remarks how much his mother paid for "Irises."] "Sunflowers" being sold for nearly $40 million reviewed. [MAN - says a hospital could be built for the price of the painting.] [Sotheby's New York City John TANCOCK - discusses Van Gogh's life.] Van Gogh's mental illness amid genius described.